- University of Leicester
- Midlands, International
- Date first submitted:
- 6 Sep 2010
- Date last modified:
- 18 Oct 2010
- Personal effectiveness
- Equality and diversity related activities
- Knowledge exchange
- Enterprise-related activities
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Doctoral researchers
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Through Charity Challenge participants have an opportunity to:
- raise money for a charitable cause;
- give two weeks of their lives to help others;
- step out of their comfort zone;
- work as part of a team;
- develop their transferrable skills;
- have a potentially life-changing and life enhancing experience.
Participants will develop a range of work-related transferrable skills including:
- Teamworking skills;
- Relationship development;
- Problem solving;
- Results orientation.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
All PhD students at the University of Leicester are eligible to take part.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Participating students have an opportunity to broaden their life perspective through participation in an activity designed to help others. In addition to gaining the specified transferrable skills they also work in a new environment outside of their comfort zone and experience the rewards of helping others.
Students are responsible for making sure that they have adequate medical, and travel insurance. They are also responsible for making sure that you have received all necessary medical vaccinations.
Over time this will become a self-funding activity. Each year a very small portion of funds raised by each anticipating student goes towards the set-up costs for the next year's Charity Challenge. Thus the activity is not dependent on University or other financial resources.